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Figure 5.7. Diaphragm-assisted backbend. In this forward bend from the hips, inhalation increases the depth of the lumbar lordosis provided the abdominal muscles are kept 'elaxed. The relaxed position against the wall permits the abdominal muscles to come forward and allows inhalation •o occur freely, in contrast to 'be case of diaphragm-restricted backbending that is '"ustrated in fig. 5.6.

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Fire Up Your Core

Fire Up Your Core

If you weaken the center of any freestanding structure it becomes unstable. Eventually, everyday wear-and-tear takes its toll, causing the structure to buckle under pressure. This is exactly what happens when the core muscles are weak – it compromises your body’s ability to support the frame properly. In recent years, there has been a lot of buzz about the importance of a strong core – and there is a valid reason for this. The core is where all of the powerful movements in the body originate – so it can essentially be thought of as your “center of power.”

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